Talk:Arsenicum album

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Impossibility[edit]

The article shows this: "When properly prepared, however, the extreme dilutions, typically to at least 1 in 1024, or 12C in homeopathic notation, mean that it is extremely statistically unlikely that any pill contains even a molecule of the original arsenic used."

While I can understand very well what is meant here, technically it is impossible. If a certain amount of arsenic trioxide goes into the solution, about the same amount should come into the batch of pills that has been produced from that solution. There can be some loss in the recipients & containers used for the solution, but not in such a way that zero arsenic molecules are left in the resulting product. Also the expression "extremely statistically unlikely" is somewhat strange, a statistic is never extreme, one is an objective expression, the other a subjective one... Either it is extremely unlikely, or it is statistically unlikely, never both. The term(s) "(un)likely" is in my opinion something that in no way should be combined with the word "statistically". A statistic should be scientific exact and correct and leave nothing (un)likely. Only the (inexact) interpretation of a certain statistic can be likely or unlikely.

I think it should be more correctly expressed as for instance: "statistically most pills contain zero molecules of the original arsenic used, some might contain a single molecule"

But someone more at home in chemistry should calculate it to make a statistic first, if we want the information to be correct. Currently the best we can say is: "most likely the majority of pills will not contain even a single molecule of the origina arsenic used, a small amount may contain a single or very few molecules". (I hope that is, otherwise, one or a few pills contain all of the arsenic trioxide, but that's properly covered by the expression "when properly prepared"). Aszazin (talk) 14:13, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

I totally agree with this, and I implemented a very similar wording. --Enric Naval (talk) 20:39, 14 January 2014 (UTC)